BISP door to door survey to be completed by May 2018: Senate informed

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ISLAMABAD Aug 30 ( APP) Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid
Wednesday informed the Senate that Benazir Income Support Programs
(BISP) door to door survey will be completed by May 2018.
In question hour, he said, BISP has made commendable progress under
the PML-N government during the last four years highlighting the
commitment of the government to the poor and vulnerable of the
He said, the budget allocation for BISP that was Rs 70 billion in 2013
jumped to Rs 121 billion in 2017. The quarterly stipend increased from
Rs 3000/quarter in 2013 to Rs 4834 in 2016. BISP has made itself the
pride of Pakistan and a role model for international social safety
nets winning Pakistan recognition internationally thereby contributing
to institution building and poverty alleviation in Pakistan, he added.
He said, the number of beneficiaries that were paid stipend in 2013
was 3.78 million whereas in 2017, 5.46 million beneficiaries have been
paid stipend.
He said, about 165,800 from FATA and 39,9269 Malakand Division
beneficiaries had been included in the BISP programme.
Giving the breakup of FATA he said, Orakzai agency 7,222 Bajaur
agency 57,648 Mohmand agency 25,645 N. Wazisrstan agency 100 S.
Wazisrstan agency 5035 Khyber agency 51,399 and Kurram agency 18,751
are getting stipend from the BISP.
Responding to another question he said, under the existing legal and
regulatory framework, cellular companies cannot offer financial
services to the public.
As per Branchless Banking (BB) Regulations only banks are allowed to
provide BB services with prior approval of State Bank of Pakistan
However, cellular companies can collaborate with authorized banks to
provide Branchless Banking services as agents of banks.
The service charges for BB transactions are set by the banks
themselves on the basis of quality of services.
However, he said, to facilitate the uptake of BB services, SBP has
advised the BB operators to provide free of cost cash-in services to
the BB customers holding mobile accounts with effect from January 1,
SBP has authorized 12 banks including United Bank Limited (UBL),
Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB), Bank Alfalah,
Meezan Bank, Askari Bank, JS Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mobilink
Microfinance Bank (MFB), U-Microfinance Bank (MFB), Telenor
Microfinance Bank (MFB) and FINCA Microfinance Bank (MFB) to provide
BB services in Pakistan under various branch names.
He said, two more are at the stage of pilot test Silk Bank and The
Bank of Punjab.